Leah Storsley was surprised to find a homemade wooden stocking with her name on it at Williams Park. Courtesy Leah Storsley

Langley woman finds childhood decorations in Williams Park

Leah Storsley was pleased to find her parents’ homemade decorations at Christmas in Williams Park.

A drive through the annual Christmas in Williams Park light display had a Langley family surprised to see some very familiar decorations.

Leah Storsley was visiting the park last week with her daughters Alivia and Chelsea, when she discovered a series of wooden Christmas figurines that were handmade by her own parents years ago.

One particularly special decoration Storsley found was a stocking cut-out that still has her name written across the top.

“I was shocked. And then there was my stocking and I thought ‘wow, that’s pretty cool.’” said Storsley.

Storsley’s parents, Jim and Sandy Morris used to display about 20 figurines every Christmas at their house in Surrey.

“My dad would get a giant piece of sheet wood and my mom would draw the character out in pencil, and then he would cut around it with a hand saw and she would paint it,” explained Storsley.

The figurines were painted with marine boat paint, and have held up through all types of weather for more than 30 years.

After moving to Langley last year, Sandy and Jim had to downsize, so Storsley suggested they donate the decorations to Williams Park.

Storsley forgot about the suggestion, and didn’t realize her parents took her advice until she saw the figurines standing in Williams Park this year.

And the figurines reminded Storsley that “life is precious”, as her mother Sandy had a stroke last year and is unable to use her hands like she used to.

“Seeing these figures, reminds me that life is precious. I encourage everyone to go out for an evening with your family for this free event in beautiful Williams Park. If you happen to see one of these wooden figurines, be reminded that good can come out of tragedy, and give what you can with a generous heart”

Storsley added her dad is “thrilled” that the figurines are being used in the park and in the community where his granddaughters live.

Christmas in Williams Park can be seen every night until Dec. 22 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Williams Park is located at 238th Street and 68th Avenue

LANGLEY LIGHTS: All lit up

The following are on display now in Langley:

  • Sherwood Light Display at 20656 44A Ave. daily from 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Candy Cane Lane at 20388 43 Ave. daily from 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Dan Warkentin’s lights at 9211 211B St. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and daily from Dec. 14 onward.
  • Ron Farmer’s lights at 23924 68th Ave. daily from 5 to 11 p.m.
  • The Ilott Christmas Display at 9451 216B St. daily from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Wish Upon a Star at 19367 62A Ave. in Surrey, daily from 5 p.m. to midnight
  • Multiple homes are lit up in the blocks of 66 Ave. along 192A St., and 193 St.
  • Christmas in Williams Park on 238th Street and 68th Ave. daily until Dec. 22 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • The Land of Christmas on 20169 32 Ave. from Dec. 7 to 27 from 5:30 to 9 p.m
  • Troy and Debbie Warren’s light display on 20294 50th Ave. daily until New Year’s Day from 4 p.m. until sunrise.

  • James Aylen’s Candy Cane Lane daily at 3632 202 St. from 4 to 11 p.m.
  • Michelle and Jessica Kleiberg’s display at 3927 205B St. daily from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Lights and inflatables at 4284 208 St daily.
  • Glow Christmas returns to Langley’s Milner Village Garden Centre until Jan. 19. Tickets required and available online at www.glowgardens.com
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Jim and Sandy Morris used to decorate their Surrey home with more than 20 wooden figurines. Courtesy Leah Storsley

(left) Leah Storsley with her husband Rod, daughters Alivia (middle), Chelsea, and parents Sandy Morris (front) and Jim Morris (right). Courtesy Leah Storsley

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